The cost to the NHS of unused medicines is enormous. In Sunderland alone the value of medicines returned to community pharmacies is estimated as £4m which does not account for the volume of medication residing in patients’ bathroom cabinets or disposed of in household waste.
Some wastage is inevitable however a lot of waste is preventable. Recognised causes of avoidable waste include poor patient compliance, inequivalence and over ordering of prescriptions, prescribing of excessive quantities
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